Labour hopes to take councils

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CONSERVATIVE county councils in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire top Labour’s target list at next month’s local elections.

Conservatives on the two authorities have slender majorities.

In Derbyshire, the Tory group has a majority of just two seats and Labour, led by Coun Anne Western, member for Barlborough and Clowne, are hoping to capitalise on the coalition’s current unpopularity.

Coun Western said: “Our number one priority is the local economy and jobs, especially for our young people.”

But Coun Andrew Lewer, Tory group leader who has run the council since 2009, said: “We offer a competent and capable team.

“We will protect services, but also reshape them to withstand the pressures they will face in the years ahead.”